2012 Flint Hills Retreat and Discovery
Dates: October 11 – October 15, 2012
Location: Camp Wood, Elmdale, Kansas
All Fiberglass Trailer Owners Invited
This is an opportunity to discover the Kansas Flint Hills & Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve with area experts.
It will not be an annual event.
You are invited to come and just have a Retreat in a scenic special place or participate in events of Discovery of the region.
Scenic roads and trails await you with prairie sunrises and sunsets and coyotes serenading you at night.
Cost is $10 per night per person. $20 minimum
A Dinner at the Emma Chase Cafe is included.
Chuckwagon dinner at Flying W Ranch would be extra. There is some historical significance to this in that Dr Jim Hoy and his son (ranch owner) are related to Charles Goodnight the inventor of the Chuckwagon and one of the most famous cowboys in history.
The Tallgrass Prairie once covered 140 million acres of North America. Within a generation, the vast majority was developed and plowed under. Today less than 4% remains, mostly here in the Kansas Flint Hills.
Dr. Jim Hoy has agreed to speak with our group and share history of the region and cowboy folklore. Jim is a lifetime resident of the Flint Hills and author of numerous books relating to Cowboy Heritage throughout the Flint Hills, including Flint Hills Cowboys, Tales of the Tallgrass Prairie. Dr. Hoy is a professor of English and director of the Center for Great Plains Studies at Emporia State University.
National Park Service Rangers will be available to give guided bus tours of the 11,000 acre Tallgrass Prairie Preserve. Ranger led tours of the historic Spring Hill Ranch will be available and self guided tour brochures are also available.
A chuckwagon dinner and access to trails on the 7,000 acre working Flying W Ranch is being discussed.
Hope to have Annie Wilson and the Tallgrass Express Sting Band perform for our group. Annie and her group perform many of their own original songs written in traditional style about Kansas and the land and life of the Flint Hills.
More on Camp Wood
-Trailers will be parked in grassy area used for soccer fields
-Shower Building w/stalls
-Water available, limited electrical
outlets available nearby
-Large covered outdoor pavilion with tables
-Stone Chapel Building available for increment weather
-Pets on leash and waste picked up
-No open alcohol consumption (be discrete)
-Dumpsite available in Swope Park in nearby Cottonwood Falls